The blouse buttons up the back.
An example of a button is the disk pulled through a buttonhole to close a shirt.
An example of a button is what you push to change the channels on a remote control.
- A push-button switch.
- The blunt tip of a fencing foil.
- A fused metal or glass globule.
- An immature, unexpanded mushroom.
- The tip of a rattlesnake's rattle.
A campaign button.
- A small emblem of membership, distinction, etc., generally worn in the lapel.
- A small knoblike part, as a bud on a plant or the end of a rattlesnake's rattles.
- A small knoblike part that is pushed or turned to operate a doorbell, electric lamp, etc. or to select or activate a function on an electronic device.
- A guard on the tip of a fencing foil.
- A small, immature mushroom.
Pat pushed the button marked "shred" on the blender.
The coat will not button.
Buttoned his shirt; buttoned up her raincoat.
Button your lip.
- Exactly; precisely.
- to refrain from talking; esp., to keep a secret
- exactly at the desired point, time, objective, etc.
- to arouse, often in a manipulative way, someone's interest, anger, sympathy, etc.Advertising that pushes our buttons and makes us want to buy.
Origin of button
- Middle English from Old French bouton from bouter to thrust of Germanic origin bhau- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Old French boton (French bouton), itself either from Late Latin *bottōnem, probably ultimately from a Germanic language, or from bouter + -on.